Mar 30 AT 2:52 PM Taylor Wimberly 44 Comments

HTC One camera wins shootout with the best Android phones

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You already watched the unboxing and the new TV ad, so why not see what the HTC One X camera can do? One of the main things I’m looking forward to in HTC’s new lineup is ImageSense. With this new technology, HTC thinks they can rival digital point and shoot cameras with improvements to every part of the camera, including the lens, the sensor, the software, and even integrating a new custom HTC ImageChip.

Today’s new video demonstrates just how good the HTC One X camera is compared to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Sony Xperia S. We can see the One takes a photo in just 0.7 seconds, and it takes 4 photos per second (max of 99) in the burst mode. Best of all, these exciting new camera features are available across HTC’s entire One lineup (X, S, and V).

I recently found myself using my camera more than ever, and I admit that I’m a little disappointed with the Galaxy Nexus camera. It can take great photos, but it’s slow to start up and it struggles with low light situations.  It’s nice to see HTC raise the bar for camera phones, and we hope more handset makers follow.

How important is camera performance for your next smartphone purchase?

Highlights of HTC ImageSense include:

  • Superfast Capture - HTC One dramatically reduces the time it takes to capture those key moments. In just 0.7 seconds you’re able to take a shot, and with a new superfast 0.2-seconds autofocus, continue to take nearly unlimited continuous shots simply by holding the shutter button.
  • Good photos in adverse conditions - HTC One delivers dramatic enhancements in image capture quality even in adverse conditions such as low light, no light or with bright backlighting. The f/2.0 lens on the HTC One X and HTC One S offers best-in-class performance, capturing 40 percent more light than the f/2.4 lenses available on other high-end phones. HTC One also includes HDR, a market-leading technology, for taking great photos even when there are varying levels of brightness.
  • Video Pic (Concurrent Video/Still Capture) - With Video Pic you capture a photo and shoot video at the same time. Now, while you’re shooting HD video, all you have to do is tap the shutter button and it snaps a high-resolution still photo while the video continues to shoot. You are also able to capture a photo frame from a previously recorded video.
  • Dropbox integrated with HTC Sense - HTC One gives you an easy way to save and share your photos and videos. HTC has integrated Dropbox into HTC Sense 4 enabling HTC One customers to get 25 gigabytes of free Dropbox space for two years. That’s enough to keep more than 10,000 high-quality photos. Dropbox is also integrated throughout HTC Sense 4, so it’s easy to edit, save and share your documents and other kinds of files.
  • Sharing your photos and more - HTC One gives you a new way to share your photos and videos. When you plug in HTC’s wireless Media Link HD* accessory into your TV’s HDMI port, you can easily share your photos, videos, or anything else on your phone with your friends, family or colleagues regardless of the television’s brand as long as it has HDMI.
Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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  • Joel

    The Superfast capture is impressive. I love taking candid shots of the stupid things my friends do, man oh man id have fun with that. Well done, HTC

    • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

      The One series are Tegra-based, maybe this is why the camera seems so good. I can’t wait to get my hands on ICS Camera (and ICS update, for that matter), I bet it will be a nice competitor for the One series :)

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        Only the One X has a Tegra 3. the other two phones (One S and One V) feature Qualcomm chips. What sets the HTC One apart from the competition is HTC’s software and a dedicated imaging chip which gives the camera dedicated resources rather than competing with everything that going on inside the phone.

        • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

          Can you say that all the One series phones have the same quality camera? Can anybody say that? Or maybe all the phones have dedicated imaging chip?

          • mlynch01

            The One X and the One S have the same exact camera so the quality and speed is the same with the two. The One V is the cheaper one and has a 5 megapixel camera.

  • Ray

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    • jonathan3579

      Ray, if you didn’t think it was going to be interesting why did you find a need to post or even read it in the first place? People these days…

  • oddball

    Between 2 kids and the fact that I have to take safety pictures at work a decent camera is a must and that means that my phone has to take reasonable shots.

  • Batfan

    Really hope to see this trend of better image sensors continue.

  • Alex

    Reason number 751 why I hope HTC makes the next Nexus!

    • Dh33r4j

      Samsung too has a very similar technology coming up in their next flagship.
      We should compare phones of the same era, shouldn’t we?

  • http://facebook.com/jestertx2001 Jesse Moreno

    What about the quality of the One’s pics? Also, I wonder if the One would’ve been as blurry as the Nexus if it had to slightly move as much?

  • mmitchum

    Finally. A phone for the photography enthusiast! Thank you, HTC!!!

    • paul

      True but from some of the samples I have seen the video sound is still slightly tinny when recording anything slightly loud like cars on a road. HTC are renound for having poor microphones.

  • Mike

    Great, just another reason to be bitter that HTC didn’t bring this to Verizon.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Verizon is working on the DROID 4G which will be a slightly modifies HTC One S. The camera capabilities should be the same though.

  • Donnieace

    Cool video but can’t help but notice that the Gnex and Xperia had live wallpapers running, while the One X didn’t. Would anyone consider that a slight advantage, or is it just me?

  • cwjones4

    HTC keeps making these phones’ look more and more attractive. Can’t wait for the sprint announcement on April 4th

  • Nik

    It is no Nokia Pureview

    • Lorenzo

      You can have your Nokia pureview, and take Symbian belle along with it. Considering the OS, I wouldn’t want the phone. Right now I think HTC has a good balance of features. Sure, a few things are missing, but every phone has a weakness.

  • Oakland

    Nice!
    What about Best Camera App?
    I found the HDR Camera one is pretty nice.
    http://stickystatic.com/myipaddressdns/best-camera-apps-android-phones/

  • Nathan D.

    The HTC one camera is beast and I would love to have that kind of camera power on my next phone.

  • RacecarBMW

    Those features are nice but does the picture quality come close to the Xperia S? And the Xperia S has a really fast camera and I imagine it would get faster once ICS arrives.

  • spazby

    can’t wait for the day when my phone camera will replace a need to have a point and shoot…. the way it looks it should not be too far….

  • paul

    Its just a pity that once again a HTC with sub standard tinny video sound recording. Its tinny like almost every other HTC.

    What is wrong with HTC are they all hard of hearing.??

  • thaghost

    Hellooo? Samsung? We are patiently awaiting details regarding the GSIII. However, while we wait, we are slowly falling in love with the ONE X. Ps, hurry with the details, thanks.

  • Raptor

    “HTC One X and HTC One S offers best-in-class performance, capturing 40 percent more light than the f/2.4 lenses available on other high-end phones”

    hahaha That is one of the urban legends of modern times. People think f/2.0 gets more light then f/2.4 based on traditional photography. Indeed ask many pro photographers and 99% of them will tell the same thing.

    But it’s wrong ! Now in 1 minute prove that yourselves because I think i already said to much
    and you know the right answer. OK, here is another hint: Nokia latest 41MPix f/2.4 gets more light than HTC One f/2.0. Timer ON!

    • Raptor

      3 hours later – no responds

    • Raptorfromplanetofbraindeadapes

      15 h later… still trying to find a sign of life on this virtual planet of apes. Another hint: a mouse eye f/0.95 like on some latest Leicas for wealthy apes and monkey eye f/2.0 — which gets more light? If these eyes were 20 mp cameras which deliver better quality, dynamic range and noise?

    • Raptorfromplanetofbraindeadapes

      25h later and still no single one with any even dumb guess?!…wow…wtf, smarts totally ignore this site? Or only preteens are here?

  • dil

    wait guys… s3 is here

    1080p
    4.8″

  • Fulaman

    Next to the Sony phone, the camera on the HTC looks washed out.

  • Fulaman

    I hope that the Galaxy S III will have a camera comparable or better than the one on the HTC.

  • Fred Hsueh

    I think there is a slight bias by having the HTC operator announce the 3-2-1-go!

    But it’s a slight advantage …

  • Jwtiyar

    Iam Really Excited to get One X .

  • Mike W

    Sadly after seeing the comparison shots that CNET did between the HTC One and the iPhone 4S, the One come up really short. I can’t under stand why other companies can’t match Apple’s camera quality. It’s really frustrating.

    • Fulaman

      I find that very hard to believe. First of all, the camera on the 4S is made by Sony, and Sony has an even better camera on their latest Sony phone (12 megapixels vs. 8 megalpixels). Sony outfitted their latest phone with a better camera, yet the camera on the HTC gives it a run for the money in terms of quality. But from a speed perspective, the HTC is hands down faster. You can stop your denial mode/bias pal

      • Mike W

        What are you talking about, have you not seen the pictures side by side? The iPhone clearly crushes the One X. The proof is in the pictures, it’s not a “biased” opinion. Second, I’d rather have a clearer, better picture, rather 3 that are that washed out, blurry and shot in .7 seconds. All I’m saying is the OEM’s claim to have the best camera, that they are all better than the iPhone, yet when they are reviewed, they never out shine the amazing pictures of the iPhone. I just want a Nexus that can finally beat the iPhone’s camera, is that to much to ask?

        • Fulaman

          Not really, I don’t deny that the iphone 4S does not take great pictures because it does. Anyone who claims it doesn’t is out of their mind. However, One must look at the pictures on a desktop and not a phones screen to get an accurate view of how the picture looks like.

          The only Nexus phone that had a good camera for its time was the Nexus S. The Galaxy Nexus camera was a bit disappointing. The only thing going for it was instant shutter lag. They could have at least used the same camera found on the Galaxy S II (which is comparable to the camera on the iphone 4S but not quite as good).

        • Fulaman

          Not really, I don’t deny that the iphone 4S does not take great pictures because it does. Anyone who claims it doesn’t is out of their mind. However, One must look at the pictures on a desktop and not a phones screen to get an accurate view of how the picture looks like.

          The only Nexus phone that had a good camera for its time was the Nexus S. The Galaxy Nexus camera was a bit disappointing. The only thing going for it was instant shutter lag. They could have at least used the same camera found on the Galaxy S II (which is comparable to the camera on the iphone 4S but not quite as good).

          Also here’s a comparison between both cameras: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57407010-94/camera-shootout-htc-one-x-versus-iphone-4s/

  • JonGarrett

    Id like a camera that lets me use Zoom in and Zoom out while shooting video.

  • dVyper
  1. The Superfast capture is impressive. I love taking candid shots of the stupid things my friends do, man oh man id have fun with that. Well done, HTC

    • The One series are Tegra-based, maybe this is why the camera seems so good. I can’t wait to get my hands on ICS Camera (and ICS update, for that matter), I bet it will be a nice competitor for the One series :)

      • Only the One X has a Tegra 3. the other two phones (One S and One V) feature Qualcomm chips. What sets the HTC One apart from the competition is HTC’s software and a dedicated imaging chip which gives the camera dedicated resources rather than competing with everything that going on inside the phone.

        • Can you say that all the One series phones have the same quality camera? Can anybody say that? Or maybe all the phones have dedicated imaging chip?

          • The One X and the One S have the same exact camera so the quality and speed is the same with the two. The One V is the cheaper one and has a 5 megapixel camera.

  2. RayGuest 3 years ago

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  3. Between 2 kids and the fact that I have to take safety pictures at work a decent camera is a must and that means that my phone has to take reasonable shots.

  4. BatfanGuest 3 years ago

    Really hope to see this trend of better image sensors continue.

  5. AlexGuest 3 years ago

    Reason number 751 why I hope HTC makes the next Nexus!

  6. What about the quality of the One’s pics? Also, I wonder if the One would’ve been as blurry as the Nexus if it had to slightly move as much?

  7. Finally. A phone for the photography enthusiast! Thank you, HTC!!!

    • paulGuest 3 years ago

      True but from some of the samples I have seen the video sound is still slightly tinny when recording anything slightly loud like cars on a road. HTC are renound for having poor microphones.

  8. MikeGuest 3 years ago

    Great, just another reason to be bitter that HTC didn’t bring this to Verizon.

  9. Cool video but can’t help but notice that the Gnex and Xperia had live wallpapers running, while the One X didn’t. Would anyone consider that a slight advantage, or is it just me?

  10. HTC keeps making these phones’ look more and more attractive. Can’t wait for the sprint announcement on April 4th

  11. NikGuest 3 years ago

    It is no Nokia Pureview

    • LorenzoGuest 3 years ago

      You can have your Nokia pureview, and take Symbian belle along with it. Considering the OS, I wouldn’t want the phone. Right now I think HTC has a good balance of features. Sure, a few things are missing, but every phone has a weakness.

  12. OaklandGuest 3 years ago

    Nice!
    What about Best Camera App?
    I found the HDR Camera one is pretty nice.
    http://stickystatic.com/myipaddressdns/best-camera-apps-android-phones/

  13. The HTC one camera is beast and I would love to have that kind of camera power on my next phone.

  14. RacecarBMWGuest 3 years ago

    Those features are nice but does the picture quality come close to the Xperia S? And the Xperia S has a really fast camera and I imagine it would get faster once ICS arrives.

  15. can’t wait for the day when my phone camera will replace a need to have a point and shoot…. the way it looks it should not be too far….

  16. paulGuest 3 years ago

    Its just a pity that once again a HTC with sub standard tinny video sound recording. Its tinny like almost every other HTC.

    What is wrong with HTC are they all hard of hearing.??

  17. Hellooo? Samsung? We are patiently awaiting details regarding the GSIII. However, while we wait, we are slowly falling in love with the ONE X. Ps, hurry with the details, thanks.

  18. RaptorGuest 3 years ago

    “HTC One X and HTC One S offers best-in-class performance, capturing 40 percent more light than the f/2.4 lenses available on other high-end phones”

    hahaha That is one of the urban legends of modern times. People think f/2.0 gets more light then f/2.4 based on traditional photography. Indeed ask many pro photographers and 99% of them will tell the same thing.

    But it’s wrong ! Now in 1 minute prove that yourselves because I think i already said to much
    and you know the right answer. OK, here is another hint: Nokia latest 41MPix f/2.4 gets more light than HTC One f/2.0. Timer ON!

    • RaptorGuest 3 years ago

      3 hours later – no responds

    • RaptorfromplanetofbraindeadapesGuest 3 years ago

      15 h later… still trying to find a sign of life on this virtual planet of apes. Another hint: a mouse eye f/0.95 like on some latest Leicas for wealthy apes and monkey eye f/2.0 — which gets more light? If these eyes were 20 mp cameras which deliver better quality, dynamic range and noise?

    • RaptorfromplanetofbraindeadapesGuest 3 years ago

      25h later and still no single one with any even dumb guess?!…wow…wtf, smarts totally ignore this site? Or only preteens are here?

  19. dilGuest 3 years ago

    wait guys… s3 is here

    1080p
    4.8″

  20. FulamanGuest 3 years ago

    Next to the Sony phone, the camera on the HTC looks washed out.

  21. FulamanGuest 3 years ago

    I hope that the Galaxy S III will have a camera comparable or better than the one on the HTC.

  22. Fred HsuehGuest 3 years ago

    I think there is a slight bias by having the HTC operator announce the 3-2-1-go!

    But it’s a slight advantage …

  23. JwtiyarGuest 3 years ago

    Iam Really Excited to get One X .

  24. Mike WGuest 3 years ago

    Sadly after seeing the comparison shots that CNET did between the HTC One and the iPhone 4S, the One come up really short. I can’t under stand why other companies can’t match Apple’s camera quality. It’s really frustrating.

    • FulamanGuest 3 years ago

      I find that very hard to believe. First of all, the camera on the 4S is made by Sony, and Sony has an even better camera on their latest Sony phone (12 megapixels vs. 8 megalpixels). Sony outfitted their latest phone with a better camera, yet the camera on the HTC gives it a run for the money in terms of quality. But from a speed perspective, the HTC is hands down faster. You can stop your denial mode/bias pal

      • Mike WGuest 3 years ago

        What are you talking about, have you not seen the pictures side by side? The iPhone clearly crushes the One X. The proof is in the pictures, it’s not a “biased” opinion. Second, I’d rather have a clearer, better picture, rather 3 that are that washed out, blurry and shot in .7 seconds. All I’m saying is the OEM’s claim to have the best camera, that they are all better than the iPhone, yet when they are reviewed, they never out shine the amazing pictures of the iPhone. I just want a Nexus that can finally beat the iPhone’s camera, is that to much to ask?

        • FulamanGuest 3 years ago

          Not really, I don’t deny that the iphone 4S does not take great pictures because it does. Anyone who claims it doesn’t is out of their mind. However, One must look at the pictures on a desktop and not a phones screen to get an accurate view of how the picture looks like.

          The only Nexus phone that had a good camera for its time was the Nexus S. The Galaxy Nexus camera was a bit disappointing. The only thing going for it was instant shutter lag. They could have at least used the same camera found on the Galaxy S II (which is comparable to the camera on the iphone 4S but not quite as good).

        • FulamanGuest 3 years ago

          Not really, I don’t deny that the iphone 4S does not take great pictures because it does. Anyone who claims it doesn’t is out of their mind. However, One must look at the pictures on a desktop and not a phones screen to get an accurate view of how the picture looks like.

          The only Nexus phone that had a good camera for its time was the Nexus S. The Galaxy Nexus camera was a bit disappointing. The only thing going for it was instant shutter lag. They could have at least used the same camera found on the Galaxy S II (which is comparable to the camera on the iphone 4S but not quite as good).

          Also here’s a comparison between both cameras: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57407010-94/camera-shootout-htc-one-x-versus-iphone-4s/

  25. JonGarrettGuest 3 years ago

    Id like a camera that lets me use Zoom in and Zoom out while shooting video.